Producing since the mid nineties, Sydney based Ashley Anderson initially recorded under the moniker of Moonrock with the late Illpickl, releasing a self titled album in early '98 to critical acclaim, and went on to contribute tracks to the internationally renowned "Cafe Del Mar". Katalyst as a solo artist had his first release on the internationally respected, "Dope on Plastic" compilation.
May 2002 saw the release of the Katalyst's debut album "Manipulating Agent". The first release for INVADA Records, this well crafted album received remarkable acclaim. Triple J Album of the week, the album went on to earn Katalyst an ARIA nomination and won the two most coveted "Best Producer" and "Best Album" awards at the 2002 Australian Dance Music Awards. Late 2002 Katalyst enlisted some top Australian and UK producers to remix tracks from his album, "Manipulating Agent". The result was the remix album "Agent Manipulated". Released in April 2003, it cemented his position as one of the premier producers in Australia.
In 2007 Katalyst released the long awaited follow up album “What's Happening” enlisting guest vocalists from the US, the UK and Australia featuring J-Live, Stephanie McKay, Steve Spacek, Supernatural, Diverse, Katie Noonan, Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls), Adalita (Magic Dirt), Ru C.L, Hau (Koolism) and more…
“What's Happening” was Feature Album on Triple J in Sept 2007 and soon after was nominated for the prestigious J Award followed by another Aria nomination in 2008. Katalyst is in the esteemed company of artists such as J-Dilla, Jazzy Jeff, J-Live and Pete Rock. The collaboration with Steve Spacek on the album was in Giles Peterson’s top 20 tracks for 2008. Katalyst went on to form a group with Steve Spacek called Space Invadas. Steve Spacek, is the voice behind the UK groundbreaking group Spacek. Championed by everyone from Entertainment Weekly to Mos Def. Has worked with the likes of J Dilla, Slum Village and Common.
Katalyst has also just finished a project is with Geoff Barrow from UK super group Portishead who he has worked closely with for some years now. They are label partners in Invada Records which operates in Australia and the UK. The project is a hip hop album called Quakers and features an all-star cast of 32 MCs, mainly from the US. It's due for release early 2012.
Katalyst has performed along side some of the biggest international acts to come to Australia, including The Roots, Jack Johnson, Jurassic 5, DJ Shadow, DJ Premier, Guru, The Black Eyed Peas, Mix Master Mike, Ben Harper, and has has played all the major Australian festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Big Day Out, Homebake, The Falls Festivals, Good Vibrations, Groovin In The Moo and Southbound.
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